Run along the original, ‘rails to trails’ trail! This paved, multi-use path stretches from near downtown, north for 25+ miles to Sheridian, with numerous connections to other area trails. There are several ‘sections’ of the trail, which are well described in this trail map. The trail is well waymarked, with good maps along the way. Note: it’s a gradual incline heading north.
Heading north from downtown, it’s 3.5 miles to the Indiana State Fairgrounds. At 6 miles, Broad Ripple — a pretty village with a bright red bridge, cool cultural scene restaurants, galleries. The next few miles north to Carmel are a suburban corridor lined with trees and some local artwork. For a more pastoral section, the 6 miles from Westfield to Sheridian is pretty countryside (on the trail map, not our route map).